16 August 2008 Military News
- Afghan army set to assume more duty in Kabul: German minister IRNA 16 Aug 2008 -- The Afghan army is expected to assume more security responsibilities in Kabul over the next six to nine months, German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung told the daily Rheinischen Post newspaper on Saturday.
- Chief of Naval Operations and MCPON Visit Sailors in Afghanistan Navy NewsStand 16 Aug 2008 -- The Navy's top officer and enlisted leader visited the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Kabul Aug 15.
- US and Afghan Troops Kill Dozens of Militants in Afghanistan VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- U.S. military officials say coalition and Afghan forces have killed dozens of militants in clashes throughout southern and eastern Afghanistan.
- Military Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue, Bush Says AFPS 16 Aug 2008 -- The U.S. military flights that have delivered humanitarian assistance to Georgia this week will continue in the days ahead, President Bush said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Ukraine Ready To Work With West On Missile Defense RFE/RL 16 Aug 2008 -- Ukraine says it is ready to make its missile warning systems available for Western countries after Russia announced it was pulling out of a long-term missile defense agreement.
- Ukraine seeks integration into European missile defense RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2008 -- Ukraine may integrate its early warning missile system with Europe or propose other countries use its missile defense capabilities, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
- President Bush Discusses Situation in Georgia 16 Aug 2008
- Remarks by Secretary Rice to the Travel Pool 16 Aug 2008
- Russian President Signs Georgia Peace Plan RFE/RL 16 Aug 2008 -- Russia has signed a cease-fire agreement that calls for Russian forces to withdraw to the positions they held before hostilities with Georgia broke out last week
- Rice Expects Russian Troops to Withdraw From Georgia AFPS 16 Aug 2008 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today she expects Russia, which reportedly signed a cease-fire deal with Georgia, will begin to withdraw its forces "expeditiously" from the former Soviet republic.
- 'Brilliant And Brutal Display' Of Russia's National Game, Chess RFE/RL 16 Aug 2008
- Russian troops prevent arms smuggling to South Ossetia RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2008 -- Russian troops detained two cars carrying ammunition via a humanitarian channel into the Georgian breakaway republic of South Ossetia, a senior Russian military official said Saturday.
- Russia supports S.Ossetia, Abkhazia against Georgian peacekeepers RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2008 -- Russia supports Abkhazia and South Ossetia in their decision against the presence of Georgian peacekeepers on their territories, a senior Russian military official said on Saturday.
- Russian president signs Georgia peace plan RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2008 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Saturday a French-brokered plan on resolving conflicts in Georgia, aggravated following Tbilisi's assault on its breakaway South Ossetia on August 8.
- Secretary-General confers with advisers, diplomats on Georgia UN News Centre 16 Aug 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in New York met with his top advisers regarding the United Nations' approach to the current situation in Georgia.
- Bush: Breakaway Regions Must Remain Part of Georgia VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- U.S. President George Bush says Russia must not lay claim to the breakaway Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
- Russian FM: No Timetable for Pullout From Georgia VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russian troops have no timetable for withdrawing from Georgia under a cease-fire agreement both sides have signed
- Ukrainian Envoy Says Georgia A 'Lesson For Ukraine' RFE/RL 15 Aug 2008 -- A Ukrainian government official has called on the European Union to help Kyiv avoid a "security vacuum" like the one that led to the current conflict between Russia and Georgia.
- Deal May Be Near in Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Talks VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- Negotiators suggest they are close to reaching a power sharing deal between Zimbabwe's president and the leading opposition group.
- Saudi intelligence chief in Pakistan on Musharraf's fate INA 16 Aug 2008 -- Saudi intelligence chief dashed to Islamabad to broker a deal between the embattled President Pervez Musharraf who is facing impeachment and possible trial, local media reported.
- Draft of Impeachment Charges Against Pakistani President Finalized VOA 16 Aug 2008 -- Members of Pakistan's ruling coalition say they have finalized a draft of impeachment charges against embattled President Pervez Musharraf.
- Is Ukraine Prepared To Maintain Its Tough Stand Against Russia? RFE/RL 15 Aug 2008 -- As the world watches the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi, many eyes have turned to Ukraine -- a country which, like Georgia, has struggled to break free of Russia's post-Soviet embrace.
- Could Ukraine Become Russia's Next Target? VOA 15 Aug 2008 -- The former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine are allies engaged in similar attempts to establish democratic rule, to join NATO and realign themselves with the West, much to the displeasure of Russia
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